Birth of the Living Dead – DVD review

This illuminating documentary traces the birth of the zombie genre through George A Romero’s cult classic

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Rob Kuhns, 2014

At a grindhouse theatre in New York in 1968, a critic from Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine saw Night of the Living Dead and wrote: “It should open at an art house and run for at least a month, because it is a work of art.” By 1980 the Museum of Modern Art agreed, when it acquired the work for its collection. This illuminating documentary traces the birth of the zombie genre through George A Romero’s cult classic. Breaking numerous cinematic conventions, Romero’s film is revealed as both an intuitive social allegory and a relentless “orgy of sadism”.

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